Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) has scheduled a press conference for later Tuesday to announce that he is retiring from Congress, according to a published report.
Nelson, 70, has been at the epicenter of major ad buys by both parties and outside groups, and he’s become seen as one of the most endangered Democrats in the Senate. A total of 23 seats held by Democrats are up for reelection in 2012, while just 10 Republican Senators will be defending their jobs.
Because of his potentially key status for Democrats, top party officials have been lobbying Nelson to stay in the race for one more term. He’s suggested for weeks now that a decision on his political future would be in the cards before year’s end.
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